As I settle into my job as instructional coach in a new school district this year, I am still orienting myself to my surroundings. I believe I have finally located all of the staff bathrooms, and I have found both copy machines. I have a pretty firm layout of the two-story building and if you came to visit me, I could probably take you on a guided tour without getting us lost. I have noticed the classrooms are all carpeted (rather than tiled) which makes every room feel like my living room. I am still acclimating myself to the ever-present technology. Chromebooks, iPads, and green screens are everywhere.
One thing that hasn’t changed, though, is evidence of good writing instruction. This has been a constant in every classroom I have had the pleasure of working in this year. I notice anchor chart after anchor chart highlighting important writing lessons. Come along as I take you on an anchor chart tour in the classrooms of our school:
I hope these charts confirmed some of your current teaching or nudged you to think in new ways.
As I continue to ground myself in my new environment, I am comforted by the old, familiar feel of kids learning how to be writers.
9 thoughts on “An Anchor Chart Mashup”
Unfreeze people…brilliant. I love the way these anchor charts speak to kids in their own language.
I am so happy you took a walk, found all these GREAT CHARTS and you’re sharing them with us! I have jotted down SEVERAL teaching notes form these charts! It’s always so nice to peek into another classroom see their perspective, opens my mind and refreshes my teaching!
It is always comforting to learn what other people are doing in their classrooms. The variety is endless…the ideas priceless. Thanks for taking us on this tour! Teachers rock!!!
I love Terrie’s idea about putting anchor charts in SeeSaw! Brilliant! I must try that. This was a fantastic post. The charts are so helpful. Thanks Dana!
I’ve uploaded all of my anchor charts into Seesaw for the kids to pull up when they need them. I have created folders to help keep everything nice and orderly. My scholars seem to be enjoying them.
What a smart idea!
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I, too, like the tip about unfreezing people. However, the spelling chart that says “chop it out on your arm” might be my favorite tip. That’s so much better than clapping it out, isn’t it?
Love these charts! And you are so right, anchor charts ground our teaching and anchors our students’ learning – that is something that should never change!
That right. Technology may come and go, but good anchor charts that are accessible will always be a necessity!
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